Luke, Emma E.

Services: Have been held.
Mrs. Emma E. Luke, 85, of Portales, died Saturday, Nov. 22, 2003, at her home.
She was born on Dec. 9, 1917, on her grandmother’s ranch in Niobrara County, Wyo., on the Cheyenne River.
When she was a young child, her family moved to the Denver area. As a teenager, she moved to Albuquerque where she remained until May of 2000 when she moved to Portales. She married Leon Luke on April 13, 1940. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Albuquerque. For several years they made their home at Jemez Springs where she was active in the Jemez Baptist Indian Mission. Family members said church was the most important thing in her life and she loved people.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Marvin Clark.
Survivors include her husband; a son, Robert Luke of Albuquerque; three daughters, Wanda Palmer of Largo, Fla., Deborah Eben (and husband, Dennis) of Littleton, Colo., and Lora Wood (Jerry) of Portales; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three brothers, James Clark and Clyde Miller, both of Albuquerque, and Alvin Miller of Trophy Club, Texas.
Allen Conner will officiate the services:
Burial will be at Portales Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Don and Dale Eben, Matt and Marc Wood and Austin and Marques Luke.
Honorary pallbearers will be her care givers, Meredith Cleavinger and Suzy Gephart.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales.
Arrangements are by Wheeler Mortuary of Portales.